The elevation of the G20 over the G8 has prompted talk of an international power shift. The reality is more complicated.
Brown’s latest declaration of war on antisocial behaviour expolits today’s widespread adult fear of children.
Gordon Brown once rejected the politics of celebrity, now his wife hangs out with Paris Hilton.
Yes, the residents of the Calais ‘jungle’ have been treated badly, but the no borders case requires a defence of everyone’s right to move.
White Lightnin’, about ‘dancing outlaw’ Jesco White, is a moving film. If only it didn’t romanticise mental illness.
How did the man who won Olympic gold in 2000 fail so spectacularly to become a professional champion?
Jennie Bristow’s important, engaging and witty book both explains and critiques the tsunami of state meddling in family affairs.
Bruno Waterfield reports from Brussels on how the EU’s determination to ‘win’ the Irish vote has damaged its standing.
Jason Walsh reports from Dublin where it seems neither the Yes camp nor the No camp voted with much enthusiasm.
The Second Irish Referendum: the Irish people have spoken, yes, but in the voice of someone put into a headlock by far more powerful forces.
The reaction to dancer Anton du Beke’s dodgy joke shows that official ‘anti-racism’ is an insidious form of censorship.
Obesity campaigners want all expectant parents to be weighed. We should tell them to get stuffed.
Pro-choice activists must defend women’s reproductive rights against those who say we should curb population growth to save the planet.
Debate: The big chains seem more popular than ever, but are they strangling small businesses and consumer choice?
Angela Merkel’s victory puts an end to the inertia of the Grand Coalition, but German politics still lacks dynamism.
Forget the left’s fantasies about the return of Thatcherism. New Conservatives or New Labour, they are all accountants now.
A new documentary about the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties tries far too hard to stand up to ‘the man’.
When appearance is everything in politics, even David Cameron enjoying a glass of bubbly can become a scandal.
Nathalie Rothschild took the banned picture of Brooke Shields back to the Tate Modern to let gallery visitors decide for themselves.
Yes it’s irritating that Ukraine vs England will only be shown on the internet. But a ‘national disgrace’? Hardly.
A documentary about the Luftwaffe bombing of Coventry in 1940 challenged prejudices about both Germans and Brits.
Labelling everyone from critics of the AIDS industry to anti-vaccine cranks as ‘deniers’ is a way of shutting down debate and dissent.
Australia’s bizarre TV ‘black face’ scandal springs more from the politics of identity than old-fashioned racism.
It would be wiser, and cheaper, to adapt to climate change rather than to slash CO2 emissions by 70 per cent.
Hillary Clinton’s head-knocking visit to the Six Counties confirms that Washington has successfully conquered both Ireland and Britain.
The NUS’s offer of free alcoholic drinks to students who agree to have STI tests reveals its prudish anti-sex tendencies.
‘Intactivists’ who claim that being circumcised abused their human rights, and ruined their sex lives, should get a grip.
How the world has changed since I was bizarrely accused of involvement in the IRA attack on the Tory cabinet 25 years ago this week.
The more the party’s crisis deepens, the more it cynically ups the ante against a far-right phantasm.
Former Communist David Hare is now a knight of the realm, yet his play on the recession is his most radical to date.
In the US, the war on drugs and federal heavy-handedness are limiting a doctor’s ability to help patients in exceptional pain.
A new BBC adaptation of Emma abandons Austen’s barbed wit in favour of 21st-century dating psychobabble.
Airport scanners that will ogle our naked bodies are only a more hi-tech version of everyday state surveillance.
The mock-populist backlash on parliamentary expenses poses a serious threat not only to MPs’ bank balances, but to democracy itself.
Just as black players proved themselves on the pitch, so black managers should prove themselves in the dugout.
Like so many nature series, David Attenborough’s latest show is visually stunning but built on childish storytelling.
Emily Hill watched the Tories in Manchester swig fizz, dodge photographers and talk about as little as possible.
Robert Skidelsky’s book on Keynes gives a good account of today’s economic crisis. But its faith in the ‘master’ of economic debate is misplaced.
The editor of a gay website says that, beneath her prejudice and inaccuracy, Jan Moir kind of had a point.
The overblown reaction to Jan Moir’s bilious column about Stephen Gately shows offence now trumps open debate.
If the next General Election is to have any real impact, it must be turned from a technical affair into a big, loud public debate about the future.
Reprocessing waste might one day be cost-effective, but for now it's a moralistic reminder that humans are greedy.
A BBC News journalist's willingness to report more than climate orthodoxy should be encouraged not condemned.
New Labour’s craven justification for maintaining the Royal Prerogative shows that today’s political class doesn’t trust the people – or itself.
For Hamid Karzai to justify the West’s unjustified war, the Afghan presidential elections had to be rigged.
Opening up UK family courts to the public will not lead to social worker witch-hunts, but to greater public trust.
Behind the UK postal dispute is the spectre of privatisation and the authorities’ inability to take responsibility for basic state services.
Cartoonist Sarnath Banerjee illustrates how a website about a sexy Indian sister-in-law got the censors hot under the collar.
Tim Black reports from a radical-left anti-BNP rally at which free speech was denounced as ‘nonsense’.
Just because the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently reached 10,000, that doesn’t mean the US economy is springing back to life.
Eight weeks in and Liverpool’s season might already be over – thanks, in part, to a little comedy intervention.
Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change took an unusually empathic look at ‘gender dysphoria’ amongst children.
Patrick Hayes joined the rabble of censors protesting outside BBC Television Centre in the run-up to Question Time.
Alex Hochuli reports from a London university that showed Question Time on a big screen in a bar, football-style.
Question Time was no victory for rigorous and free debate – it merely confirmed Nick Griffin’s elevation as the voodoo doll of public life.
The lack of hysteria at a new influx of refugee boats to Australia has disappointed pro- and anti-refugee groups alike.
A proposal to ban lighting up in New York’s parks has exposed the puritanical agenda behind the crusade against smoking.
As the sex-trafficking scare is exposed as a tissue of lies, Nathalie Rothschild spells out the need for full freedom of movement for migrants.
Ed Miliband’s ‘climate map’ confirms that climate change is the only thing providing New Labour with a sense of mission.
In a speech for the Battle of Ideas, Tiffany Jenkins argued that cultural diplomacy leads to bad art and bad politics.
People are right to be sceptical about the swine-flu scare, but it is telling – and worrying – that they focus their scepticism on swine-flu jabs.
Jimmy Carr is only the latest public figure to fall victim to the ‘offence hounds’ who love being scandalised.
The radical-atheist assaults on the late sister of Calcutta are the intellectual equivalent of mugging an old woman.
The ‘would Churchill have supported the BNP?’ furore says more about politics today than it does about the role of ‘our hero’ in history.
The arguments that football fans have become too abusive and more inclined to violence don’t stack up.
BBC Radio 4’s brave choice to rework the ultra-visual Bullitt showed that old-school noir can still be entertaining.
The Stern-endorsed campaign to stop people eating meat shows that greens have no solutions for society beyond launching wars on enjoyment.
Martin Bell’s account of the expenses scandal has insights, but his willingness to embrace infringements upon parliamentary sovereignty in the name of restoring trust denigrates democracy.
British industry isn’t dead by any means, but if low-carbon jobs and protectionism trump new research and development, it soon will be.
With his smaller teeth and jaws, what separated Homo erectus from his predecessors was not just eating meat, but cooking what he caught.
Larsson’s hugely popular Millennium novels are not only brilliant page-turners – they also challenge the clapped-out view of Sweden as a social paradise peopled by buxom blondes and depressives.
Richard Overy’s splendid new book on the ‘morbid age’ of the 1920s and 30s sheds light on the emergence of a profound crisis of confidence amongst the bourgeoisie – a crisis that has never quite gone away.
With the passing of Norman Levitt, a rigorous defender of scientific truth against the relativism and cowardice of the ‘academic left’, we have lost a modern Enlightenment hero.
Two new books expose how epidemiology has been used as a tool of propaganda in the war on tobacco – and woe betide anyone who tries to inject some real facts into the debate.
Stephen Roach provides some useful, counterintuitive insights into the economic relationship between America and China, but too often uses the term ‘global imbalance’ as a euphemism for ‘US decline’.
Frank Furedi, author of the new book Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating, talks to Jennie Bristow about the politicisation of education and the crisis of adult authority.